Mothers on Welfare: “the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”

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Liberty University

Mothers on Welfare:

Christian Counseling for Women

In today’s society, there seem to be many people dependent on the welfare system. In many instances, these families are made up of young unwed Teen Mothers lots of them working minimum wage jobs just to make ends meet. This being their only means of survival at times and the only way they can afford to feed their Children. These are people we pass by every day, not even realizing or even knowing that they might not be able to feed themselves or their Children. Believe it or not In the United States there is millions who are forced to get help providing for themselves and their families. The economy being what it is now, people losing their jobs, forecloses on the rise its truly not getting better it appears to be getting worse. Unfortunately Society has many different views on our country’s welfare system, some feeling we should get rid of it, saying this will save us money. However for some, mostly Single Mother’s managing their income is difficult due to inflation and the rising cost of living standards. I feel they should not have to lack in order to survive. Although there are many that feel differently, I myself support the welfare system for people who do not, or for whatever reason cannot work a decent Job necessary to survive. However before addressing the issues of Mothers on Welfare, I must first explain exactly what the welfare system is, and what it does. The welfare system is a program that provides assistance to needy individuals and families. The types and amount of welfare available to individuals and families vary for Country, State or Region. In the United States, the Federal Government provides grants to each state through the Welfare system, which provides aide to Single Mothers with dependent Children and/or Individuals who cannot support themselves. Largely funded by taxpayers, the Welfare system allows families to cope with financial stress during rough periods of their lives. In most cases, people who use welfare will receive a monthly payment of Cash and Food Stamps, or what is now referred to as The Link Card. The goals of welfare vary, as it looks to promote the pursuance of work, education or, in some instances, a better standard of living. (Investopedia, 2012). The Welfare system is a formalized version of different types of social support services that societies offer and maintain the public's perceptions about women on welfare in the United States and how many children they have is a hot topic with different groups of people ranging from college students, young professionals and older, established working individuals. Often the conversation leads to the subject of how many children a woman on welfare should have and most of the time a negative idea of women on welfare. In today’s society, many people have to depend on the welfare system and low wage employment as a source of income to support their family. For many Single Mothers, this is the only means of survival and the only way they can afford to feed their families. There are people we run into every day, not even realizing or even knowing that they might not be as fortunate as us. Believe it or not In the United States there is millions who are forced to seek help providing for themselves. Knowing this fact, some unfortunately in our Society still holds negative views on our country’s welfare system. Some positive but it seems as if a lot more are negative. Jill Duerr Berrick address in her book "Faces of Poverty: Portraits of Women on Welfare" the two myths that women on welfare have many children and that they continue to have children so they can get additional money every month (Berrick, 1995 pg.15). This is an argument that is heard consistantly. However as Ms. Berrick states only one child is found in the families of forty-two percent of women on welfare. Thirty percent of these mothers have two children; sixteen percent have three...
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